"Smoke a Joint, Lose a Limb?": Pending Mississippi Bill Threatens Dismemberment For Convicted Drug Violators 1/9/98

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(This story reprinted with permission of the NORML Foundation, http://www.norml.org).

Jan. 8, 1998, Jackson, MS: Persons found guilty of possessing marijuana in Mississippi could face the removal of a limb if proposed legislation becomes law. House Bill 196, introduced by Rep. Bobby Moak (R-Lincoln County), authorizes "The removal of a body part in lieu of other sentences imposed by the court for violations of the Controlled Substances Law." NORML Executive Director R. Keith Stroup called the measure "political posturing at its most extreme. This is a truly barbaric proposal that shocks the conscience." Moak told reporters that he introduced the legislation because he felt the state wasn't doing enough to combat drug use. Moak admits, however, that the measure has slim chances of passing. Provisions in the bill mandate that the convicted person and the court "must agree on which body part shall be removed."

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